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was confirmed as defense secretary with deep cuts to the pentagon budget set to hit three days later. after months of defense department officials forecasting armageddon and with congress unable and unwilling to prevent the steep spending cuts, he will be entering his role as a crisis. that in the national journal. and to recap, chuck hagel has been confirmed as new defense secretary but the senate voting 58-41. and in our primetime schedule starting at 8:00 eastern time on c-span, debate from the senate floor on chuck hagel's nomination. on c-span2, remarks from attorney general eric holder on reducing gun violence and gun control laws. on c-span3, the senate finance committee holds a hearing on automatic budget cuts and who will -- with the fiscal problems. house republican leaders today said that the president and senate democrats bear responsibility for avoiding $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that begin on friday. house speaker john boehner starts this 10-minute briefing on capitol hill. >> the president, as you are all aware, insisted that he not have to go over the debt ceilin
- defense spending. $46 billion in cuts will hit the pentagon. about the same amount would hit discretionary. it would be an 8.5 to 9% across- the-board cut for every agency of the government, with some extensions. most of the entitlement spending on medicare, social security, is largely spare from these cuts. >> give us a quick review about how the idea of the sequestered came about. >> this has become washington lore at this point. of how this happened. bob woodward has been putting forward his findings in a very pronounced way lately. according to him, this idea originally came from jack lew in the 1980's. they had some budget fights. they used a proposal as an enforcement trigger. you would come up -- you would come up with a smarter way to do it and forced congress to come up with a deal. jack lew, they are trying to come to an agreement and rather than another round of the debt seal the increase, the white house did not want to go through that again before the election so they said, how do we use sequestration, the automatic across-the-board cuts. they have to convince boehner this was
for the director of intelligence or the defense intelligence agency? and that is part of the pentagon? caller: the defense intelligence agency, we are under the dod. host: what are you hearing about your job? caller: because i am a civilian, i'm liable to be placed on furlough at least one day a week, potentially 22 days until the end of the fiscal year. unfortunately, paying my half of the rent with a roommate at $1,200 a month prior to facilities, i'm going to have many difficulties with living with another analyst, just trying to afford our rent, as well as part of any food or any other expenses. host: could you have taken a job in the private sector and made more? caller: absolutely. i got a college degree try to join the intelligence agency, because i intended to serve this country. i do not wear a uniform, but i go to work every day for the defense of this nation. host: steve, from maryland, part of the energy department. caller: i am a fairly senior person. i understand the plight of folks at lower levels. the point is i have been working for the federal government for about 32 years.
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